After leaving the group in 2006, Kevin Richardson – the fifth and oldest member of the Backstreet Boys – has finally confirmed that he will rejoin the popular 90s boy band, which is set to record another album this year.

“Hello beau-ti-ful people. Yes, the cat is OFFICIALLY out of the bag. It’s on and cracking!” the singer tweeted earlier this week.

Richardson was referring to the announcement made by other Backstreet Boys members Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean in the group’s official Twitter account.

“Now everything is back to normal…welcome back Kevin Richardson,” the group posted last April 30.

According to MTV, Richarson’s return was first announced by the group during their latest show with New Kids on the Block at London’s O2 Arena.

“I think we should let them in on the secret we have. Since we love you guys so much, especially in London, that we are going to come back, we are going to be back in July to record the next Backstreet Boys album this year,” Carter said to cheering fans.

“There’s two parts to that secret,” Litrell added. “And Kevin is coming back!”

The Backstreet Boys rose to fame in the 90s with the release of worldwide hits like Get Down, Quit Playing Games With My Heart, and I Want It That Way, and others.

In 2006, Richardson decided to leave the group to pursue “other interests.” He did, however, make a number of special appearances with the band during some of the group’s concerts.

Richardson’s return to Backstreet Boys drew positive reactions from the group’s fans.

Twitter user KECE TAPI JOMBLO posted: “omgomgomg kevin richardson is back to backstreet boys.. so happy ^^” while user Andrew tweeted: “Kevin Richardson has returned to the Backstreet Boys. Maybe they can show today’s crappy pop artists what singing really is.”

Philippine Online Chronicles
By Janvic Mateo
May 04, 2012